Şeyma Kilci Erciyas
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Ebru Cirban Ekrem
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Rukiye Demir
Gizem Aköz
Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Amasya University, Amasya, Türkiye
Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bartın University, Bartın, Türkiye
Aksaray Education and Research Hospital, Aksaray, Türkiye
Foça Family Health Center no. 2, Foça, Türkiye
Received: 11 October 2023 / Revised: 29 October 2023 / Accepted: 2 November 2023 / Published: 30 March 2024


Introduction and aim. With the development of transportation facilities and options, people can now travel easily. With women having a greater presence in the workforce, pregnant women can work until the eighth week before childbirth. This study was conducted to examine the behaviors of pregnant women regarding travel.

Material and methods. The data for this cross-sectional and descriptive study were collected from 519 pregnant women who voluntarily participated in the research and met the research criteria. The data were analyzed using the SPSS 24 software package.

Results. The average age of the participating pregnant women was 27.49±0.17, with 63.8% residing in urban areas, 74.8% be ing primiparous, and 47.6% being in the third trimester of pregnancy. A decrease in travel and car usage during pregnancy. The use of bus, train/tram/metro, taxi, bicycle/scooter, and motorcycle decreased during pregnancy, while use of car, plane, and ship/ferry increased. 81.9% of women always wore a seat belt during pregnancy. There was a statistically significant difference between the educational level of women and their car usage (p<0.005). It was found that women wore seat belts more frequently in the third trimester. As the number of pregnancies increased, the frequency of seat belt usage decreased.

Conclusion. A decrease in the frequency of travel was observed among women during pregnancy. The levels of seat belt usage and correct seat belt fastening were unsatisfactory.



Erciyas ŞK, Ekrem EC, Demir R, Aköz G. Behaviors of pregnant women regarding travel – the case of Türkiye. Eur J Clin Exp Med. 2024;22(1):52–59. doi: 10.15584/ejcem.2024.1.7.

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